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PURPOSE To describe the roles of nurse practitioners (NPs) in a novel model of healthcare delivery for patients with chronic disease: shared medical appointments (SMAs)/group visits based on the chronic care model (CCM). To map the specific skills of NPs to the six elements of the CCM: self-management, decision support, delivery system design, clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE The epidemic proportions and management complexity of diabetes have prompted efforts to improve clinic throughput and efficiency. One method of system redesign based on the chronic care model is the Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) in which groups of patients (8-20) are seen by a multi-disciplinary team in a 1-2 h appointment. Evaluation of the(More)
BACKGROUND Little information is available describing how to implement a disease registry from an electronic patient record system. The aim of this report is to describe the technology, methods, and utility of a diabetes registry populated by the Veterans Health Information Systems Architecture (VistA), which underlies the computerized patient record system(More)
More than 20% of patients in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have diabetes; therefore, disseminating "best practices" in outpatient diabetes care is paramount. The authors' goal was to identify such practices and the factors associated with their development. First, a national VHA diabetes registry with 2008 data identified clinical performance(More)
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing among older adults as is their diabetes-related mortality rate. Studies suggest that tighter glucose control reduces complications in elderly patients. However, too low a glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) value is associated with increased hypoglycemia. Moreover, the appropriateness of most clinical trial data(More)
The U.S. chronic disease health care system has substantial gaps in delivery of services. New models of care change traditional delivery of care and explore new settings for care. This article describes a new model of diabetes chronic care delivery: nurse-delivered care that includes protocol-based insulin titration and patient education delivered solely in(More)
To integrate health care professional learners into patient-centered primary care delivery models, the Department of Veterans Affairs has funded five Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCEs). The main goal of the CoEPCEs is to develop and test innovative structural and curricular models that foster transformation of health care training(More)
PURPOSE To determine if age, gender, risk level and glucosylated hemoglobin could predict foot amputations in HMO patients with diabetes. DATA SOURCES A retrospective chart review of a non-random sample of 27 patients with amputation and 110 randomly selected patients without amputation during the same time period. Chi-square, t-tests and logistic(More)